Port Discovery Children’s Museum is ranked as one of the top 12 children’s museums in the country by Forbes and offers three floors of educational, interactive exhibits and programs for children ages birth through ten years.  All of the Museum’s programming aligns with the Maryland Model for School Readiness and the state curriculum, with a focus on five core Platforms of Learning:

  1. Early Childhood Learning
  2. Healthy Families/Healthy Communities
  3. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
  4. Financial Literacy
  5. Creative Arts and Culture

In Maryland, obesity is an escalating concern, with the percentage of adults who are overweight or obese doubling over the last 20 years. About 177,000 out of 615,000 Maryland children ages 10 – 17 years are considered overweight or obese. This is 28.8 percent of youth. Obesity is even more common among African-American youth, with a rate of 34.6 percent. There is a critical need in our community to educate children at an early age on the importance healthy eating habits and participating in daily physical activities.

Port Discovery is committed to providing families with young children in Baltimore City and beyond, the opportunity to engage in physical play and adopt healthy habits through its Healthy Families Healthy Communities platform of learning. Responding to health issues such as childhood obesity, Port Discovery offers programs such as Healthy First Saturdays, a monthly community health fair and Cook and Tell – an interactive cooking demonstration where children create a healthy snack based on a children’s story book; as well as exhibits such as KidWorks, a 3-story urban tree house and its newest exhibit, Kick It Up Brought to you by UnitedHealthcare, that promote physical activity and provide greater awareness to practice healthy living.

In recognition of the significant strides the Museum has made to promote health and wellness to all children and families in our community and beyond, Port Discovery has been named a Good to Grow! Museum by the Association of Children’s Museums. Port Discovery is only one in five out of over 300 children’s museums in the country to receive this national designation and is proud to help reinforce the message that Baltimore is on its way of becoming one of the healthiest cities in the United States!
Kick It Up is an indoor soccer field that transforms into a fitness arena featuring innovative, interactive games developed by Exergame, including:

  • iDance: test how accurate your dance steps are against other players
  • WebRacer bikes: compete against others in a virtual bike race
  • iJoy Balance Boards: see how long you can stay balanced on a moving board that simulates surfing and skiing
  • Touch Wall (T-Wall): test your reaction time by using their bodies to hit lit targets

Port Discovery’s exhibits team researched several companies that specialize in electronic fitness games and chose Exergame products for its wide variety of age appropriate experiences, excellent customer support, and solid record of product durability.  As a children’s museum and a trusted community resource, it is our mission to be an advocate of one of the biggest issues today – the health of our children. The Exergames we chose to include in Kick It Up! provide an interactive and engaging environment where children and families can experience firsthand that exercise can be fun!